Did you know that you can subscribe to USMS’ own YouTube channel? You would be notified of new videos that are posted, such as the one here on backstroke timing.
A recent post in the Swim Smooth Blog, “Bend It Like Becky,” examines the freestyle catch of Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington. In particular, the authors noted that most top freestylers seem to have a slight downward bend early on in their stroke, leading naturally to the Early Vertical Forearm used by so many top swimmers.
Dr. Brent S. Rushall has analyzed Rebecca Soni’s breaststroke based on underwater video. Check it out!
A recent NY Times article, Delineating the Perfect Swim Stroke, addressed the physics of efficient swimming.
An overlooked aspect of open water swimming is turns. “Turns,” you say? “But there are no walls in the open water!” Well, keep reading….!
Paul Newsome of Swim Smooth argues that no single head position in freestyle works optimally for every swimmer.
USA Swimming has issued an updated interpretation of the rules for the timing of the underwater dolphin kick during the breaststroke pull-down; this interpretation will also apply in USMS competition.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation will be hosting three competitive swim clinics taught by world-famous masters swimmer Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen.
Cokie Lepinski, a 2010 USMS Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award winner, recently came out with an inexpensive eBook collecting 125 drills covering all four competitive strokes.
A critical component of swimming strokes is the catch, the point in the pull at which you begin forward propulsion. A video from GoSwim demonstrates a drill for practicing a good catch in freestyle.
Gary Hall Sr (The Race Club) and Paul Newsome (Swim Smooth) present detailed underwater analyses of the freestyle pull. Check it out!
Recently, some breaststrokers have experimented with a new variation of the classic breastroke pullout.